Monday, September 8, 2008

Shy and not so shy

This black-capped chickadee was at first being unusally quiet in the tree. Then he came down to my empty bird feeder and starting doing his loud "chick a dee, dee, dee call." I knew what he wanted. I put the camera down, put seeds in my hand, stood next to the bird feeder and waited patiently. He came down and landed on my thumb, cocked his head at me for 3 seconds and then flew away without taking the seed. I'm still building trust....




I see you Mr. Chickadee!




"And I see that you have no bird seed lady!" Come on!



15 comments:

Bobbi said...

Mr. Chick-a-dee dee dee is very cute indeed deed deed!

Jayne said...

Awwww.... chickadee!!! You know that I live on Chickadee Drive? :c) I'd love to have one eat from my hand. Great shots Shelley!

Peek-A-Boo Street said...

How cute. Black Capped Chick-a-dees are one of my favorite little birds. I can't believe you got the little fellow to land on you hand.

The Birdlady said...

That's just the best! They are so cute, and he'll be eating from your hand before long...it's easier in winter....except that you freeze waiting for them!

Leedra said...

So lucky you are to get one to come to you that way. I don't think I have that kind of patience. Maybe someday I will.

NCmountainwoman said...

The chickadee is my favorite bird. Nice to see you making such close friends with one. Make sure someone is out there to get your picture when he eats out of your hand.

Jessica said...

How awesome!! I'm trying to do that with my titmice. I have them landing next to feeder when I am standing beside it but they haven't landed on my hand yet. Precious!!

Darla said...

I have chased those Chick-a-dees all over my yard. Great pics. They do like you to put bird seed in the feeder from time to time. LOL

RuthieJ said...

Have you tried giving them mealworms yet? That's the only way I can get those chickadees to perch on my fingers. A brave & sweet little birdie.

kjpweb said...

Well landing on your thumb is something already! Good job!
Cheers, Klaus

Shellmo said...

Bobbi - LOL!

Jayne - how perfect that you live on Chickadee drive!!

Peekaboo - thank you for coming by!They are my favorites too! Suppose to be the easiest to hand feed.

Birdlady - Last winter at a State Park - I had them landing on my head, shoulders, etc!

Leedra - I think birding is the only thing I have patience for - LOL!

NC - now if I can just get my hubby to handle a camera right....he broker my last one so he's on probation!

Jessica - I had the titmouse land on my hand - they are suppose to as tame as the chickadees! Well there's always hartwick pines state park....!

Darla - there's a method to my madness - LOL!

Ruthie - didn't know that they liked mealworms - thanks! I'm going to have to try that!

KJ - thank you!

jalynn01 said...

keep a trying..chickadees are trusting little birds. I have had them come to my hand more than once. Such a nice feeling! They're so cute.

Sandy said...

Oh I've missed so much while I've been offline. Great photos. Enjoyed all of them.

fishing guy said...

Selley" What a super shot od the chickadee.

Bird Girl said...

That first picture of the chickadee peeking out through the leave is just adorable! I LOVE IT! Don't give up - they come - get some mealworms to hold in your hand (make sure they are COLD or they will crawl right off)